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By MICHAEL BIESECKER
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The North Carolina State Board of Elections has unanimously dismissed a complaint against the 2008 gubernatorial campaign of Republican Pat McCrory.

The board Thursday found no evidence of improper coordination between the former Charlotte mayor and an outside GOP group.

The board launched the investigation in October in response to a 2010 complaint by the North Carolina Democratic Party. The complaint alleged McCrory’s campaign coordinated fundraising and spending efforts with the Republican Governors Association, which would be a breach of state and federal campaign-finance laws.

A copy of the state report obtained by The Associated Press showed that investigators found no evidence that the allegation was true.

A second complaint against the McCrory campaign is pending.

McCrory is running again for governor in 2012.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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